Joomla has evolved from a ‘little CMS that could’ project that it was in 2005 to a powerful content management tool that enterprises are now giving a serious thought to. Changing market trends and building pressures are compelling businesses to rework their approach, making them more open to open source software. At the same time, open source software has matured in capabilities, performance and security from a few years back.
According to Ryan Ozimek, President of Open Source Matters, a nonprofit organization that provides organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project, ‘Joomla really fits nicely between WordPress and Drupal.’ In fact, Joomla offers a number of under-the-hood tools for developers and administrators to manage more complex tasks. There is an abundance of guidance from a community of more than 25,000 developers, forums, and Joomla’s own five-step tutorial that enables users to build a professional website in short time and minimal effort.
Joomla is currently powering around 3,100 government agencies’ websites, blogs and intranets. Additionally, Joomla powers at least 1.6 million websites today. Features credited to win government votes include one-click version updates, access control oversight, multilingual capabilities and underlying capabilities that enable developers to build multipurpose, multi-device applications such as mobile and cloud based apps, and enterprise business systems that can run independent from the core CMS.
Joomla recently hit the ’30 million’ milestone for downloads of its core files from Joomla.org. That’s an average of 1 million downloads every month. While Joomla is already quite popular with SMBs that typically employ the platform to launch websites for e-brochure displays, customer communications on e-commerce websites, biggies such as eBay and Microsoft are pushing its boundaries to enter the enterprise space.
eBay uses an intranet system based on the Joomla framework and Joomla CMS that serves 16,000 users. It facilitates social networking and churns out terabytes of data that the enterprise mines for analysis. And with Joomla’s extended capabilities, developers can add complex features and functions not available with typical blogging or CMS tools.
Joomla 2.5 is also being used by a Harvard medical school pediatric teaching hospital namedChildren’s Hospital Boston for its social networking intranet. The intranet is accessed by 2,500 users simultaneously for networking, collaboration, sharing posts, and interacting ‘Facebook’ style. The system integrates with the hospital’s existing login authentication system, supports easy and quick upgrades, and is scalable.
Traditionally, Joomla worked with MySQL. With Joomla 2.5, you have integrated support for Microsoft SQL Server, Azure cloud services, Oracle or PostgreSQL. Other new features include one-click version updating, predefined search options and language-specific font settings.
Joomla has entered the high traffic, large enterprise zone with Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald’s, Sony, and other clients adopting the technology. With Joomla powering 2.7 percent of the web today, it will play an important role in the next wave of mobile and cloud computing solutions.
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